Adults can be bullied too - tennis pro quits

Discussion in 'Bullies and Stalkers' started by Snoopster, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Snoopster

    Snoopster Well-Known Member

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    Up and coming Canadian women's tennis pro, Rebecca Marino, recently announced that she is leaving tennis, in part due to cyberbullying.

    A couple of weeks ago Rebecca announced that she was stepping away from tennis due to depression and bullying.

    But this wonderful column, written by Chris Jones, was posted on ESPN today.
    http://espn.go.com/tennis/story/_/id/9015790/promising-tennis-player-rebecca-marino-quits-sport-due-battle-depression-espn-magazine

    Here is a column from NBCSports:

    http://offthebench.nbcsports.com/2013/02/25/did-cyberbullying-cause-emerging-womens-tennis-star-rebecca-marino-to-quit-the-sport/#comments
     
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  3. Sonya610

    Sonya610 Former Member

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    Sorry but I don't buy into the "adults being cyber-bullied" thing. Kids? Yeah...cause they are kids.

    Adults? Uhhh...if adults don't know how to stop reading OR change websites OR turn the computer off something ain't right with them and it isn't the bullies.

    If people are betting on the sport she did for PROFIT then of course they won't be happy when she loses, and they may say so, it comes with the territory!

    Her problem is she is depressed and not doing so well. It isn't the fault of disgruntled opinions being shared online.
     
  4. Annie

    Annie New Member

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    I think adults can definitely be bullied by other adults. Even if you turn your computer off or change websites, others are still reading the bullying remarks and may bring them up. People can be vicious to other people. I have seen it happen, and it hurts, no matter how old you are. People will say things online behind an anonymous name that they would never say to a person's face, and it can cause a lot of harm. Of course, some of them are mean enough to say nasty, hurtful things to someone in person.
     
  5. Tugela

    Tugela Active Member

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    I don't buy her claims.

    Professional sport is highly competitive, the people who complete are in the limelight and are going to be subjected to minute analysis by fans, and the players know that full well when they enter those arenas. That comes with the territory, it isnt bullying.

    Obviously she doesnt have the temprement for that territory, so it is best that she do something else. But, she is probably going to have issues no matter what she does, some people are just like that.

    And in any case I suspect that the real reason for quitting was that it had become evident that she would not be making the highest levels of the sport, and that was the source of her depression, not what people were saying.
     

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